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At this point you should have decided on which veterinarian degree that you would like to earn, and if you intend to study online or attend a program on campus. Since there are a large number of veterinarian community colleges, trade and vocational schools in the Millbrook AL area as well as across the Country, you need to ask some important questions in order to narrow down your list of options. As we pointed out in our opening, many prospective students start by focusing on location and the cost of tuition. But we have previously mentioned other important qualifiers, for example internship programs and accreditation. And naturally you need to enroll in a program that offers the degree and specialty that you would like to earn. These and other factors are covered in the list of questions that you need to ask the veterinary technician programs that you are considering.

Is the Veterinary School Accredited?  It's important that you verify that the veterinary technician school you enroll in is accredited by a regional or national accrediting agency. As earlier mentioned, among the most highly respected is the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA). Trade schools and colleges that are accredited by the AVMA have undergone an extensive review process that ensures you will receive a superior education. Also, accreditation is important if you are requesting a student loan or financial assistance, since a large number of programs are not obtainable for non-accredited colleges. Last, having a degree or certificate from an accredited school is often a prerequisite for employment for a number of Millbrook AL area veterinarian clinics and hospitals.

What is the College's Reputation?  The veterinary trade school or college and program you select must have an exceptional reputation within the veterinary field. You can initiate your due diligence by asking the colleges you are interested in for testimonials from the employers in their job placement network. Other suggestions include looking on online school ranking websites and checking with the school's accrediting agencies as well. You can ask the Alabama school licensing department if there have been any grievances or violations involving your targeted schools. As a final recommendation, contact some Millbrook AL veterinary clinics that you may want to work for after you get your training. Find out what they think about your school choices. They might even recommend some programs not on your list.

Are Internships Offered?  The best means to get practical hands on experience as a vet tech is to work in a clinical environment. Find out if the schools you are reviewing have internship programs established with Millbrook AL veterinarians, vet clinics or hospitals. Most veterinary medicine programs mandate clinical training and a large number provide it by way of internships. Not only will the experience be beneficial as far as the clinical training, but an internship can also help build connections in the local vet community and help in the search for a position after graduation.

Is there a Job Assistance Program?  Getting a job after graduating from a veterinary technician program may be difficult without the assistance of a job placement program. First, ask what the graduation rates are for the colleges you are reviewing. A low rate could signify that the teachers were unqualified to teach the syllabus or that a number of students were unhappy with the program and quit. Next, check that the schools have a job assistance program and find out what their placement rates are. A high placement rate might signify that the program has an excellent reputation within the Millbrook AL veterinary community and has a considerable network of contacts for student placements. A lower rate may signify that the training is not well regarded by employers or that the job placement program is ineffective at placing students.

How Big are the Classes?  If the classes are bigger, you may get little or no one-on-one instruction from the teachers. Find out from the Millbrook AL schools you are looking at what their classroom teacher to student ratios are. You might also decide to attend a few classes (if practical) to observe the interaction between teachers and students. Get feedback from students relating to the quality of instruction. Also, talk with the instructors and find out what their qualifications are as well as their approaches to teaching.

Where is the Campus Located?  Okay, we already discussed location, but there are several more points to make on the topic. If you are going to commute to your veterinary technician classes from your Millbrook AL home, you must confirm that the driving time is compatible with your schedule. For instance, driving during the weekend to check out the route won't be the same as the commute during rush hour traffic, especially if the school is located in or near a large city. In addition, if you do decide to attend a school in another state or even outside of your County of residence, there may be higher tuition charges particularly for state and community colleges. On the other hand, attending online classes might be an option that will provide you with more flexibility and decrease the need for travel.

Do the Classes Fit Your Schedule?  And finally, it's imperative that you find out if the veterinary programs you are evaluating offer class times that are sufficiently flexible to accommodate your schedule. For example, a number of students continue working full time and can only attend classes on the weekends or in the evenings near Millbrook AL. Some may only be able to attend classes in the morning or later in the afternoon. Confirm that the class times you require are available prior to enrolling. In addition, determine if you can make up classes that you might miss as a result of work, illness or family emergencies. You may find that an online program is the best way to fit your veterinary education into your hectic life.

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